absinthecity's Qype reviews
24-28 Charing Cross Road, Charing Cross, London WC2H 0DT
absinthecity wrote on 3 July 2012I love burgers and also happen not to eat meat, so I'm continually disappointed that Byron, now one of the leading 'posh' burger chains offer such a poor vegetarian option.
I'm not expecting miracles here - I know not to expect more than one 'option' in a burger joint (steady on!!) but I do wish they'd make a proper veggie pattie rather than presenting a mushroom in a bap as an equivalent option to the no doubt good quality meat burgers they serve. It's as if the management here are not aware this is a classic vegetarian bugbear. Also, other chains like Gourmet Burger Kitchen have four veggie choices, so the excuse I was given that you 'can't please everyone with one option' is just a bit lazy.
Working in central London I'm often looking for a quick meal fix and my colleagues pop in here quite a bit, but I always have to turn down trips to Byron because I resent paying over the odds for a mushroom in a bap! Perhaps they want to exclude vegetarians, which frankly in a city like London is ill-advised.
Oh, their decor rocks. Love it! One star for that.
2 Newport Place, Leicester Square, London WC2H 7JJ
absinthecity wrote on 28 May 2011
I used to come here a lot, but have mostly stopped going since finding out that there is meat stock in all the katsu curries, including the vegetable one which leaves only maki and other cold dishes for vegetarians :(
It is otherwise a fun, if slightly cramped, experience. This is great value food for central London, and it's a good relaxed place for a quick meal if you're catching a movie in Leicester Square. I just wish they did more I could eat!